Heat pumps are known for cooling and heating! If you’re using the unit in your OKC home, you’re probably enjoying a year-round comfort using a single system. Thanks to the refrigerant cycle that makes cooling and heating possible. So for the question, “Does my heat pump have a refrigerant leak?” the answer is YES! Keep reading to know more about refrigerant leaks in your heat pump unit.
Why Does My Heat Pump Use Refrigerant?Your heat pump needs refrigerant to work. Without refrigeration, your heat pump is just another heater that generates new heat. Heat pumps don’t work like other types of heaters that create new heat. Instead, they transfer the existing heat from the outdoor air into your home. Doing this requires evaporation of refrigerant in the outdoor coil and condensation of refrigerant in the indoor coil after a compression to increase thermal energy. However, when your heat pump has cracks, it could leak refrigerant that can become a serious issue when not fixed immediately.
Warning Signs Your Heat Pump Has Refrigerant LeaksYour heat pump will continue to work even if it experiences a refrigerant leak. In fact, it won’t cause your unit to break down easily. However, leaving the problem unfixed can cause terrible damage to the system over time. Try to observe your heat pump, and if you see these three warning signs, then your unit might have a refrigerant leak.
- Reduced Comfort
- High Utility Bills
- Short Cycle Operation